What should I do if I think my child may have a SEN or disability? Who can I contact for further information?
All staff are responsible for providing support for children with SEND and are accountable for their progress. There are a number of staff you can talk to about your concerns – class teacher, support staff (TA/LM), SENCo, Head Teacher or SEND Governor.
In the first instance, it is best to have a chat with your child’s class teacher. Your child’s class teacher is responsible for:
- Checking on the progress of your child, identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need and ensuring the SENCo is informed as necessary
- Having high aspirations for every pupil, setting clear progress targets for each child and being clear about how the child is going to achieve their targets
- Managing any support the TA provides for your child
- Ensuring that you (the parent/carer) is involved in supporting your child’s learning and informed about how your child is getting on (including any concerns)
- Being aware of the procedures for identifying, assessing and supporting children with SEND
You can also have a chat with a member of the support staff (TA/LM). Support staff are employed at Becket to support individual and groups of children with SEND.
- Support staff work in partnership with, but also under the direction and management of the class teacher and SENCO
- The support they provide is focused
- They form a crucial part of the package of support available for your child, but are never a substitute for your child’s teacher.
You can also talk to the SENCo, Mrs R Varley. The SENCo is responsible for:
- Developing and reviewing the school’s SEND Policy
- Coordinating all the support for children with SEND
- Providing specialist support and advice for teachers and support staff in the school so that they can help children with SEND in the school to achieve the best progress possible
- Advising on resources
- Ensuring that you as parent/carer are involved in supporting your child’s learning, kept informed about the support your child is getting and involved in reviewing how they are doing
- Liaising with all the other people who may be coming into school to help support your child’s learning e.g. Educational Psychology
- Liaising with other educational settings if your child is leaving or joining Becket to ensure that information is passed on
- Updating the school’s SEND Register (a system for ensuring that all the SEND needs of pupils in Becket are known)
- Ensuring that records of your child’s progress and needs are kept
You are very welcome to talk to our Head Teacher, Mrs S James who is responsible for:
- The day-to-day management of all aspects of the school, including support for children with SEND
- Ensuring the SEND Policy is implemented throughout the school
- Ensuring resources are available to support the implementation of the SEND Policy within the overall budget constraints
- Keeping Governors informed about SEND together with the SENCo
- The Head Teacher gives responsibility to the SENCo and class teachers, but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met
The SEND Governor is Mr C Wynn. As the SEND Governor, he takes a special interest in SEND. The SEND Governor’s responsibilities are
- To keep the Full Governing Body informed of the provision for children with SEND at Becket
- Monitor this provision, ensure that legal duties are fulfilled and that pupils’ needs are met
- Regularly review our SEND Policy